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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

St. Louis City police are looking for a stolen van used to deliver cookies.

On Tuesday, just before noon, a "Dad's Cookies" delivery driver reported being carjacked at gun point.

According to a manager at the famous south St. Louis cookie company, the driver had just returned from delivering cookies and was parked on the street next to the alley when two men in a car approached him.

"The passenger just jumped out, put a gun to his head, and said 'Drop the keys.' And he did. And they took off so he did the right thing," said Tim Altmann, a production manager at Dad's Cookies.

The van is a white, 2011 Ford Econoline E250. It does not have a company logo on it. The cookie company manager says there were no cookies or cash in the van.

It is crimes like this that has St. Louis City Police teaming up with the FBI to crack down on robberies and carjackings in District 1 and 2. In July, News 4 talked to agents about the joint task force.

"We have a lot of data mining and analytic resources and tools that we can use to help the city find out who is actually perpetrating these carjackings," said Steve D'Antuono, Assistant Special Agent in Charge.

But according to St. Louis City Police officials, while the task force remains active, they are not out patrolling neighborhoods and it is too early in the investigation to know if the people responsible for the crime outside Dad's Cookies are connected to others.

In the meantime, the cookie company is open and running as normal. The employee targeted made it away physically unharmed.

"Shaken up. Shaken up. But I guess you would be after a semi-automatic was pointed at your head," said Altmann about the 61-year-old victim.

After being in south St. Louis since 1938, the manager says he doesn't expect the company to move anywhere.

As for the suspects in both this case and others that the task force are investigating, if caught, they could face tougher penalties than normal. Because the FBI is involved, prosecutors can ask for stiffer federal charges which carry a 50-60 year sentence.

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